Dell opens STEM, cybersecurity Center in Austin ISD’s Northeast High

Sam Fried

Students in the Austin school district can now get a taste of the tech industry through a STEM learning center and partnership with Dell Technologies at Northeast Early College High School. The new center for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics allows students to work in a space mirroring the high-tech and collaborative […]

Students in the Austin school district can now get a taste of the tech industry through a STEM learning center and partnership with Dell Technologies at Northeast Early College High School.

The new center for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics allows students to work in a space mirroring the high-tech and collaborative offices common in the industry.

It will support the school’s hands-on early college program in information technology, which provides students with free Austin Community College classes and the opportunity to earn an associate degree in applied science with a specialization in cybersecurity.

“We knew that students sitting in rows in a traditional classroom setting wasn’t preparing them for what happens next,” Assistant Principal Kevin Garcia said during a Wednesday tour of the center. “It wasn’t preparing them for the college experience. It wasn’t preparing them for the industry.”

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The virtual reality equipment at Northeast Early College High School’s new STEM learning center is just one of several aspects of the center designed to simulate a real Dell Technologies workplace.

The center, carved out in a renovated section of the high school, equips students with space to explore virtual reality and esports, interactive screens and classrooms, a computer lab with 34 of the latest Dell desktops and a high-powered server. 

The $300,000 server, separate from the district’s computer network, will serve as a “sandbox” for students to experiment and explore cybersecurity without putting at risk the district’s network, Garcia said.

https://www.statesman.com/story/news/2021/10/21/dell-opens-stem-cybersecurity-center-austin-isds-northeast-high/8524777002/

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